Friday June 12th 2020
Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Noa Hoffman
Parking charges will return to Edinburgh as early as next Monday and by the end of June at the latest.
Vehicles without a resident parking permit in central, peripheral and extended areas of the city will once again be charged using the pay and display system.
However, holders of residents’ parking permits will still be able to park without charge in pay and display bays within their own parking zone. This will continue “until remote or home working is no longer the default national position”, at which point the council will review the policy.
The decision to reintroduce parking charges was backed by Edinburgh City Council’s Policy and Sustainability Committee at its fortnightly meeting on Thursday.
Parking charges were suspended by the council on March 24 to help key workers find places to park after their shift.
The decision has however led to a loss of more than £12m in income for the council since the first week of lockdown.
Councillors have been keen to reintroduce charges to incentive residents to only travel when essential and avoid congestion.
It is understood it would take less than 72 hours to restart the city’s parking charge infrastructure following inspections.Tweet Share on Facebook